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So, anybody else ever have a hard drive catch fire? This seems to be the only thing that gets a business's attention these days, sadly. It ain't over 'till the Fat Lady sings..... I opened a window and backed out the door.The Cobb Fire Department arrived a few minutes later, checked out the scene, and confirmed the only damage was to the computer, the his comment is here

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Posted by: Will Collier Date: February 10, 2015 08:39AM I Googled a bit. When I tested it with a multimeter, the voltages were way out of spec, although I can't say that didn't happen after the incident.posted by alexei at 9:35 AM on January As far as your concern with leaving your computer on that's not something you need to worry about.posted by zephyr_words at 10:20 AM on January 25, 2011 I've done something similar dig this

This seems to be the only thing that gets a business's attention these days, sadly. It could save lives. Options: Reply• Quote Re: Hmm.

How should I deal with the cut wires so they don't cause any problems of their own? (Not that competant with dealing with electricity, just computers). Would cutting the power wire further comprimize the integrity of my power supply, and if not, what would be the best way to cut it (I assume at the junction with I'm pretty sure the only thing the operator ever heard me say was something unprintable. Posted by: billb Date: February 10, 2015 09:15AM The smoke alarms didn't go off before you smelled it ?

Plan on taking it back to Microcenter (at least as much as I can pry out) tomorrow. I guarantee you'll get a suitable response and replacement from WD. But you seem to be the lucky one out there as opposed to a broader issue. How badly affected might my power supply be? (An Enermax 4XX Whisper model) Reply With Quote 07-15-2002,09:02 PM #2 mjc View Profile View Forum Posts View Blog Entries View Articles Supreme

As someone else suggested, blow them up on Twitter. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. So, anybody else ever have a hard drive catch fire? We turned it off, and the odor seemed to fade (we realized later we'd just stopped it from being recirculated through the HVAC system after the fan was turned off).

Posted by: Will Collier Date: February 10, 2015 12:26PM I am unsurprised to report that HGST (Hitachi as bought out by Western Digital) is entirely uninterested, and immediately blamed the fire http://forums.hexus.net/pc-hardware-components/2835-my-floppy-drive-just-caught-fire.html There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. I was surprised. Options: Reply• Quote Re: Hmm.

With how cheap storage is, I prefer using laptop hdds now that only need to connect to usb for power. this content Now I wonder if that is still a good idea. It seems more likely a bad ps could cause that rather than a hd. It's Glocks I hate.

I'm happy to report that Microcenter (based on one phone call) genuinely seems concerned, store manager asked me to bring the remains of the box in so they can have a Good thing there wasn't actual fire; we'd have had to clear the building, and it was embarrassing enough as it was. Doesn't say much for their CS, does it? weblink All posts copyright their original authors.

On closer inspection of the sides and surrounding damage, it's clear that the fire started in that bottom bay, which at the time only held the new HGST drive. At some point enough resistance built up in the joint to create enough heat to melt the solder and blacken the wiring close by. So, anybody else ever have a hard drive catch fire?

It was a scary day to say the least, and it could have been much, MUCH worse.

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Let an independent person see exactly what you're left with. You don't have to be nasty, but you'll get results. As someone else suggested, blow them up on Twitter. http://casualobserver.net/floppy-drive/floppy-drive-install.html I plugged the power adapter in backwards, and there was smoke.

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